Great Divide is a novel about memory, the power of the past to shape and subsume the present, and the pressing, terrible need to escape the drowning force of history. The reader inhabits the conflicted and mercurial interior of Jane, a young woman fleeing from years of abuse in her Oregon seacoast home to an uncertain freedom with her boyfriend in the landlocked new world of the Kansas plains. As Jane travels, her progress is threatened by nostalgia and attachment, responsibility and ambivalence, and, finally, by a massive flood which threatens to overwhelm both her past and her future. Great Divide is a novel that precariously afloat atop a sea of time, at once alluring and threatening, beckoning us to dive in.
Emily Kiernan, native east-coaster and current California resident will release her debut novel, Great Divide on April 11th, 2014. Kiernan's book wrestles with memory and escape. Emily is a graduate of the MFA writing program at the California Institute of the Arts and resides in Berkeley, CA. Her stories have been published in White Whale Review, JMWW, Dark Sky, and many other journals. Kiernan has pressed through years of hard work and literary bureaucracy to bring you "Great Divide" in its purest form.
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